'Stay strong,' NH mother urges missing teenager
NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) -- The mother of a teenager who's the subject of a search that is now in its 10th day has a message for her daughter: Stay strong.
Zenya Hernandez spoke Thursday, the same day the FBI announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of anybody who may have had a role in 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez's disappearance.
She was last seen leaving Kennett High School at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Police now say she never made it home. A timeline they prepared shows her sending several text messages between 2:30 and 2:53 p.m. The next signal they got from the phone was at 3:07 p.m. at nearby Cranmore Mountain ski resort.
She was seen walking the route she often took from school to home, 2 miles away.
"Please stay strong. Do not give up. Continue fighting," her mother said at a briefing Thursday at the Conway police department.
"We're not giving up hope," Zenya Hernandez said. "We miss you, Abby. We truly, truly miss you. Please stay strong, do not give up, keep on fighting."
Police continue to say they have no evidence to suggest anything suspicious and are treating it as a missing-person case.
Zenya Hernandez appeared stronger than she did Saturday, when her voice broke as she spoke to reporters on her daughter's 15th birthday. Wearing a T-shirt with "Bring Abby Home" on it, she thanked the community for supporting the family and implored people to come forward with any piece of information.